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Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. Bucs-Vikings: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay's 34-17 loss

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    MINNEAPOLIS — Here's the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team's instant analysis from the Bucs' 34-17 loss at Minnesota Sunday.

    CASE CLOSED

    The Bucs can't beat Case Keenum. He is 3-0 against them in the last three years as a starter and 7-16 vs everyone else. Injuries hurt the D but where was the offense?

    — Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud

    NOT PERFECT...

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) dives over the pylon for a touchdown as  Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith (29) defends. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  2. Worst-Case scenario: Case Keenum, Vikings hand Bucs 34-17 loss

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    MINNEAPOLIS — With key defensive starters out with injury, the Bucs were dominated by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, with fill-in quarterback Case Keenum beating Tampa Bay for the third year in a row, 34-17, at U.S. Bank Stadium.

    Keenum threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Vikings (2-1) to a 28-3 lead early in the third quarter before the Bucs (1-1) saw their offense wake up....

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Worst-Case scenario: Keenum, Vikings hand Bucs 34-17 loss

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    MINNEAPOLIS -- With key defensive starters out with injury, the Bucs were dominated by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, with fill-in quarterback Case Keenum beating Tampa Bay for the third year in a row, 34-17, at U.S. Bank Stadium.

    Keenum threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Vikings (2-1) to a 28-3 lead early in the third quarter before the Bucs (1-1) saw their offense wake up.

    Jameis Winston threw two touchdowns in the third quarter, but also had three costly interceptions in Minnesota territory to end other scoring opportunities. Winston threw for 328 yards -- three of the four highest yardage totals in his three-year career have come in losses to Keenum....

    Vikings WR Jarius Wright reaches the ball over the pylon for a touchdown in Minnesota's win over the Bucs on Sunday.
  4. Bucs' Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson kneel during National Anthem

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    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings, two days after President Donald Trump made critical remarks about NFL players protesting.

    The rest of the Bucs team stood on the field with their arms locked during the anthem, while Evans and Jackson went down on one knee several feet behind them, each with their hands on their hearts for the length of the anthem....

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem.
  5. CB Brent Grimes among Bucs' inactives vs. Vikings

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    The Bucs had announced that two key defensive starters would be sidelined for today's game against the Vikings, but the announcement of inactives showed a third: cornerback Brent Grimes, who had been limited by a shoulder injury in practice this week, will not be playing as well.

    He joins LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) and DT Chris Baker (illness), leaving the Bucs without three defensive starters for their first road game of 2017. Second-year pro Ryan Smith, who took his first NFL defensive snaps last week, now steps into a major role opposite Vernon Hargreaves at cornerback....

    Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes, shown signing autographs before Sunday's game, is inactive and will not play against the Vikings due to a shoulder injury.
  6. What to watch in Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game

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    The Bucs are in Minnesota today for their first road game of the season, and here are five things to watch for as Tampa Bay goes for its first 2-0 start since 2010.

    FLAGS FLYING

    Three times last week, the Bucs kept drives alive by drawing defensive holding penalties against the Bears on third-down incomplete passes. The penalties are only 5 yards each but result in an automatic first down. Tampa Bay might be able to do better against the Vikings — CB Xavier Rhodes had a 22-yard pass interference call against the Steelers and CB Trae Waynes had a 49-yard penalty, part of 131 yards on flags for Minnesota last week....

  7. DeSean Jackson on Trump: 'Definitely ... making a statement'

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    Bucs players continue to react to Donald Trump's comments Friday night about protests during the national anthem, and Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson posted on Twitter on Saturday night that he's "definitely" making a statement during Sunday's game in response.

    "I definitely will be making a statement," Jackson wrote in a series of tweets. "No disrespect to our military ... but we have to stick together as people !! Unity."...

    Bucs WR DeSean Jackson, shown in preseason, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that he "definitely" will make a statement Sunday after President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and national anthem protests.
  8. Bucs' Chris Baker, Jacquies Smith out vs. Vikings

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    Two Bucs defensive linemen -- starting DT Chris Baker and backup DE Jacquies Smith -- did not make the trip to Minnesota and will not play Sunday after missing practice all week due to illness.

    Baker and Smith had been listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report, but are now out and will be inactive Sunday against the Vikings. Baker's absence means veteran Clinton McDonald is back in the starting lineup and will see more action. The Bucs now will go with only three defensive tackles, with Sealver Siliga as the backup, unless they make a move to promote Channing Ward from the practice squad. Smith hasn't played in more than a year, and missed last week's game as he recovers from knee surgery....

    Bucs defensive tackle Chris Baker, shown in training camp, will miss Sunday's game at Minnesota after missing practice all week with illness.
  9. Bucs players respond to Trump comments on anthem protests

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    President Donald Trump shared his thoughts Friday night on NFL players protesting during the national anthem, suggesting that NFL owners should "fire" players who kneel during the anthem in protest. His remarks are alreading drawing responses from many NFL players, including some Bucs.

    "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that (expletive) off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired!'" Trump said at a rally in Alabama, with video of the speech widely broadcast later on TV news outlets. "You know, some owner is gonna do that. He's gonna say 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it ... They're friends of mine, many of them. They don't know it. They'll be the most popular person, for a week. They'll be the most popular person in this country."...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13), quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and head coach Dirk Koetter observe the national anthem before the start of a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.
  10. Bucs have chance to beat Vikings in their third stadium

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    Here's a cool sign that the Bucs are getting up there as an NFL franchise: If Tampa Bay can win Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, it will mark the first time the Bucs have posted road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.

    The Bucs had one of their first-ever road wins at old Metropolitan Stadium in 1978, and then got their first win in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1983, making the Vikings one of 13 NFL teams the Bucs have beaten in two different stadiums....

    TIMES ARCHIVES (2012) | Bucs RB Doug Martin runs during Tampa Bay's 36-17 win at the Vikings in 2012, in what was then called Mall of America Field. If Tampa Bay wins Sunday, it will mark the first time they have road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.
  11. Bucs players respond to Trump comments on anthem protests

    Blog

    President Donald Trump shared his thoughts Friday night on NFL players protesting during the national anthem, suggesting that NFL owners should "fire" players who kneel during the anthem in protest. His remarks are alreading drawing responses from many NFL players, including some Bucs.

    "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired!'" Trump said at a rally in Alabama, with video of the speech widely broadcast later on TV news outlets. "You know, some owner is gonna do that. He's gonna say 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it ... They're friends of mine, many of them. They don't know it. They'll be the most popular person, for a week. They'll be the most popular person in this country."...

    Bucs players Mike Evans and Jameis Winston stand with coach Dirk Koetter during the national anthem in a game played in San Diego last season.
  12. Bucs have chance to beat Vikings in their third stadium

    Blog

    Here's a cool sign that the Bucs are getting up there as an NFL franchise: If Tampa Bay can win Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, it will mark the first time the Bucs have posted road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.

    The Bucs had one of their first-ever road wins at old Metropolitan Stadium in 1978, and then got their first win in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1983, making the Vikings one of 13 NFL teams the Bucs have beaten in two different stadiums....

    Bucs RB Doug Martin runs during Tampa Bay's 36-17 win at the Vikings in 2012, in what was then called Mall of America Field. If Tampa Bay wins Sunday, it will mark the first time they have road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.
  13. Bucs journal: Vikings rule QB Sam Bradford out for Sunday's game

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    TAMPA — Vikings QB Sam Bradford was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bucs with a knee injury.

    That means Minnesota will start Bucs killer Case Keenum, who has beaten Tampa Bay each of the past two years with the Rams. Keenum has passed for three touchdowns of 43 yards or more in those games. In the Bucs' other 31 games since the start of 2015, all other opposing quarterbacks have totaled three touchdown passes of 43 yards or longer....

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford runs from Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving, right, during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) MNCN116
  14. Bucs' Chris Conte: 'If you play safety, you're going to get fined'

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    Bucs safety Chris Conte has been fined by the NFL for a helmet-first hit on Bears receiver Josh Bellamy that resulted in a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win.

    Conte said the league had notified his agent of the fine, but that he wasn't told the specifics as to why. ESPN reported it as a $24,000 fine, and the league's schedule of fines for 2017 lists the initial violation for "impermissable use of the helmet" as $24,309. He was previously fined $22,050 in 2014 for a hit against the Bills, and said he intends to appeal the current fine, saying it comes with playing his position....

    Bucs safety Chris Conte, left, makes a tackle during Sunday's win against the Bears.
  15. Bucs LB Alexander, Vikings QB Bradford both out for Sunday

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    Bucs middle linebacker Kwon Alexander, who left Sunday's season opener with a hamstring injury, has been ruled out for Tampa Bay's game at Minnesota this week, as has Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.

    Alexander, who did not practice at all this week, had said he would play Sunday, but that decision ultimately isn't his, and the team must look out for longterm health, as hamstring injuries can linger if they're not allowed time to heal properly. Rookie Kendell Beckwith, who played well in Alexander's absence, will now start at middle linebacker after starting at strongside last week....

    Bucs LB Kwon Alexander, shown making an interception in Sunday's win against the Bears, has been ruled out for Sunday's game at the Vikings due to a hamstring injury.